BurdaStyle Web Seminar with Beth Huntington


Have you discovered Burdastyle yet? It’s this great site full of patterns, tutorials, inspiration and forums. It’s basically a sewing wonderland and usually one of my go-to’s when I’m hunting for a cheap pattern or some general inspiration.


They also run a lot of webinars that you can watch for a one-off fee and the lovely Beth Huntington aka Renegade Seamstress is hosting a live refashion web seminar there on 31st March. You might remember her as the blog host of Refashion Runway, but she also does ehow tutorials and is a fellow refashion blogger with a heart of gold. Continue reading

A Liebster Award

I realise that I’m totally biased here, but I think my readers rock. You guys are seriously awesome! You are always so encouraging and let’s be honest … we do have a whole lotta fun around here.

One of these sweet readers, Kat from SeeKatSew, has nominated me for a Liebster Award. Before you get excited and start planning your red carpet outfit for escorting me to the LA awards ceremony … it’s not that kinda award. This is a fun award that people offer to their favourite bloggers as a way of saying “your blog is awesome and keep it up”. So it’s real sweet right? Thanks Kat!


While I’m not usually one to take part in these awards (they often feel like chain letters), I did enjoy reading more about Kat with her award. It’s like a little peek into someone’s world. So I thought I’d share the fun and answer the questions she gave me. Continue reading

How to Shorten a Kilt or Pleated Skirt

It’s the beginning of the first school term here in NZ and with that comes school uniforms. Many colleges (high schools) require girls to wear kilts and sometimes these need alteration.

How to shorten a kilt tutorial | Offsquare.com

Kilts come and go from fashion trends too, so of course this tutorial may be handy for refashionistas too.


Hello popular-UK-store-selling-skirts-similar-to-the uniform-I’m-altering! Awkward. Continue reading

2013 in Review

Can you believe it’s the end of 2013?! Crazy.

Every year at this time, NZ essentially shuts down for a month and the whole country goes on holiday mode. Everyone is extra relaxed and happy … it’s awesome (unless you want a job done. Then it’s frustrating).

While I’m not one for making New Year resolutions, I do get kinda reflective at this time of year. Looking back on the past year and forward to the coming year.

Here is a recap of my favourite posts from 2013:

Offsquare.com | Refashion a batwing top into a skirt. I could do this!Batwing top to a skirt. I love the transformation on this one and it was surprisingly easy.

offsquare.com | How to Replace a Metal Button on Jeans

You’ll be surprised by how many people seem to Google this! I hate shopping for jeans though, so I totally get it. Anything to extend the life of a favourite pair.

offsquare.com | Refashioning blog with tutorials for each one

Refashion Runway was serious fun!

Denim Jacket refashion

The denim jacket was featured in a UK magazine. Exciting!


I still love this dress and it gets worn a ridiculous amount.

2013 was a whole lotta fun and 2014 should see plenty more sewing and refashioning around here.

I’m also hoping to do more freelance writing once my lad starts school (eek!) mid year, but I may just share with you the articles that are actually relevant here. Yeah, you’re welcome. But if things get quiet around here sometimes, it’s because I’m writing and trying to convince Hubby that this is a legitimate career choice!

May 2014 hold many dreams coming true for you and I hope you stay in touch.

Katrina xoxo